Johnstown distribution centre paying dividends for Giant Tiger

Giant Tiger’s recently opened 600,000-square-foot Johnstown distribution centre is playing a key role in the discount retailer’s ongoing Canadian expansion, its president says.

The company opened its new facility south of Ottawa in late 2018. By locating its distribution centre near the Highway 401 corridor, Giant Tiger estimates it has eliminated some 860,000 kilometres in annual transportation distances, saving it roughly $1 million.

“We still have room to grow in terms of our store footprint. There are Canadians that aren’t close to a Giant Tiger yet compared to some of our competitors,” says Giant Tiger president Paul Wood. “Centralizing our distribution was a key part of our growth strategy.”

Inside the distribution centre, more than 200 autonomous robots move freely up, down and across racks of inventory to store or retrieve cases of merchandise at speeds up to 40 km/h.

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